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  Toads saved by road closure
Updated 06 March 2002, 20.14
Common toad
Toads are being given a helping hand to hop across the road in safety.

The road in Oxton, near Nottingham, will be closed for the whole of March, so the toads can jump across into water to lay their eggs without fear of getting squashed.

Hundreds Killed

During this time of year the toads are on the move, and hundreds get killed by cars.

Concerned villager Margaret Cooper asked the council to close the road when she noticed about half of the amphibians were becoming victims of hit and runs.

The project has also set up toad patrols with a rota of 12 local children from the village, to help guide confused or lost toads to safety.

Toad patrol

"We go down a lane in the evening with a bucket and torch. We look for toads, scoop them up in a bucket and carry them to the other side of the road to safety.

"It's quite fun because you get to feel them - they feel bumpy," explained patrol volunteer Gemma Bell, 10, from Oxton.

With the help of the road closure and caring patrol it's hoped the area's toad population won't have to suffer huge losses this year.

The scheme should work if the weather remains the same. But as long as it remains warm and wet toads in this area should be protected by the road closure.

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